Older Versions of Windows 10 Report Increased Usage – Self Isolation to Blame?

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Monthly Windows 10 stats from AdDuplex are out showing an interesting update. Unlike the usual slight increases in the latest versions and previous versions losing a point or two, this month shows very old versions of the operating system gaining more usage.

"One interesting tidbit is that usage of all old versions of Windows 10 increased a bit since last month," the report noted, adding that it could be due to the increased usage of otherwise not-so-regularly used devices.

Windows 10 Builds 19041.662 and 19042.662 (KB4586853) Out for v20H2 and v2004

"This is likely due to the fact that people in self-isolation are using unusual PCs that weren't kept up to date."

Windows 10 versions and their current market share

Back to the normal coverage, the latest numbers show a slight increase in the adoption rate of Windows 10 November 2019 Update, version 1909. While the latest version of the desktop operating system didn't experience any overnight success, it continues with a slow but steady pace since its release last year.

Version 1909 currently has a 28.2% share (increasing from 22.6%), which is still dwarfed by the May 2019 update, which has a 50.7% share (declining from 52.6%). Here are how the latest numbers are looking compared to February's stats:

  • November 2019 Update (version 1909): 28.2% (up from 22.6%)
  • May 2019 Update (version 1903): 50.7% (down from 52.6% in January)
  • October 2018 Update (version 1809): 11.4% (down from 16.4%)
  • April 2018 Update (version 1803): 5.5% (up from 4.9%)
  • Fall Creators Update (v1709): 1.4% (up from 1.2%)
  • Creators Update (version 1703) and older: 2.2% (up from 1.7%)

Microsoft has already finalized the development of Windows 10 20H1 (or version 2004) and is expected to deliver it to the public in the coming weeks. The company is also testing new features for future releases through its Fast ring, which is now being led by a new chief.

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